By Sue Ann Rybak
About 500 people attended United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity’s 9th Annual UCP Motor Cars at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, June 13. The event, held at Citizens bank Park, featured a collection of privately owned classic automobiles, including a 1907 American 50/60 HP Roadster, a 1912 Rauch & Lang Towncar, a 1916 Mercer 22-72, a 1931 Cadillac V-12 and a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette “Motorama.”
UCP is located at 102 E. Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill.
The event raised about $340,000 which UCP uses to educate, advocate and provide support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.
Michael Goldberg, event chair, said the money raised on Saturday evening enables UCP to continue to provide a variety of programs and services to thousands of individuals in the Delaware Valley and allows them to “live their lives without limit.”
Goldberg, whose son Heath has cerebral palsy, shared a few personal thoughts with attendees.
“I never had a hero before Heath, but as I have told some of you privately, Heath is my hero,” Goldberg said. “He is a beacon to us, our family and friends … he has taught me more about myself, life and love than I will actually ever be able to teach him.”
Goldberg thanked those in attendance for giving back to the community. He asked the audience to remember the words of Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
UCP awarded Drew Hawkins, managing director of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, with this year’s UCP Life Without Limits Award “in recognition of his legacy of caring and generosity of spirit for persons with disabilities.”
Hawkins said he it was an honor to receive the award and that he was “extremely humbled.” He said that those suffering with Cerebral Palsy “are the true heroes that should be recognized.” Hawkins said from our perspective we may ask how they can live with the challenges “day in and day out.
“But, in their eyes and in their hearts they all had an attitude and a spirit that let you know they are determined and are gonna move on,” Hawkins said. “And there really are no limits in as far as what they have the opportunity to do.”
He thanked the audience for supporting people who “in some cases can’t help themselves.” The funds raised in this event enable “folks to live a life without limits.”
Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, was also honored with a framed Michael Furman poster for his work with children in the community.
This year’s event was dedicated to a long time supporter of UCP Motor Cars, Jack Rich.
For more information or to make a donation to the United Cerebral Palsy go to www.ucpphila.org.